John Wilson VanHook

Male 1818 - Bef 1910


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  • Born  6 Oct 1818  Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Bef 1910  Paris, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Paris Cemetery, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Father  Abner Lewis VanHook,   b. 7 Feb 1775, Russell, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1852, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Freelove Hall,   b. 23 Dec 1776, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1854, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family  Margaret Isgrig,   b. Abt 1828,   d. Feb 1910, Paris, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Nov 1844 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ellen VanHook,   b. 25 May 1846, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1921, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Laurence M VanHook,   b. 1851
     3. John T VanHook,   b. 1851, Harrison, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1880 and 1900
     4. Margaret C (Maggie) VanHook,   b. 11 Aug 1854, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1935, Paris, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Betty R VanHook,   b. 1858, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1860, Bourbon, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Edward VanHook,   b. 1863
    Last Modified  20 Apr 2015 
    Family ID  F2039  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • JOHN W. VANHOOK, farmer; P. O. Paris; was born Oct. 6, 1818, in Harrison County, in Cynthiana Precinct, the fourth child born to his parents, who were Abner and Freelove (Hull) Vanhook. The grandfather of J. W. was a native of Virginia, and emigrated to Kentucky when Indians were plentiful and the settlements were few and far between, he having to remain at the station for sometime for protection. He was among the first white men who came down the Licking river in a boat. Abner, the father of our subject, began in the world with nothing, having to make his own commencement in life, having nothing; he died March, 1852; his wife survived him two years after. Their children were: William, Samuel, Archie, Henry, J. W. and Amanda. J. W. started for himself at his majority. For several years he hired out by the month. In November, 1844, he married Margaret Isgrig, daughter of Daniel Isgrig, who was an early settler. Mr. Vanhook moved to the farm he now owns, in 1852; has a good farm and pleasant location near Paris; the farm consists of 191-1/2 acres. Their house was destroyed by fire, but has since been replaced by a large and more modern structure, built of brick, in 1867. Mr. Vanhook is engaged in farming and stock-raising. Has four children: Mary E., wife of Joseph Honey; Lawrence M., Maggie C., wife of Robert Turner, and John T. who resides in Saline County, Mo."

      From stone marker at Mt Gilead Methodist Church Graveyard, Boubon Co., KY, located on Highway 68, north of the Paris By Pass on the right.

      Site of Mt Gilead Methodist Church

      Here stood Mt Gilead Methodist Church by land given by Daniel Matheny in 1790. A gift confirmed by Thomas Jones Sr. the eventual owner.

      The word "Gilead" is defined in Gensis as "hill of witness" and the adoption of the name was a witness to the pioneers faith in God.

      Here was the birthplace of Methodism in this area.

      Dr. Wash Fithian, H. M. Sucker, I. W. Vanhook, Joseph Scott, O. W. Crosthwaite, R. M. Harris, Trustees of the Paris Methodist Church sold the church lot to Thomas Isgrig, Joseph R. Honey, George W. Honey, John W. Vanhook, A. S. Turner and the heirs of Wm. Kendall as a perpetual cemetery in 1878, about 125 of the faithful rest here.

      After the organization of a Methodist church in Paris in 1807 probably a year or two before this house of worship fell into disuse. When the Paris Cemetery was opened, burials here were discontinued as the six families grew older. C. K. Thomas was given control of the grounds. From his estate a quit-claim deed was made in 1957 to the trustees of the First United Methodist Church in Paris, Kentucky, presently constituted as follows. Dennis V. Snapp, E. E. Buggles, James E. Prater, Robert Lucky, Roy C. Calloway, J. B. Moore, Frank M. Hayes, Henry Clay Owen, Clyde B. Burberry.

      This site marked in 1972 as authorized by the church.